Shadyside track and field looking to make up for lost time


Times Leader Sports Editor

SHADYSIDE — The Shadyside track program owns one of the area’s most storied traditions.

The last time the Tigers competed an entire season, they added another chapter by claiming the OVAC championship on the boys side.

As the new season prepares to begin, Shadyside is — like most schools — breaking in many new faces.

“It’s tough to think that the last time any of these (athletes) actually competed was two years ago,” boys head coach Jeff Campbell said.

Still, however, the Orange will press forward with a roster that’s not totally bare of experience.

Seniors Jordan Joseph, Walker Skapik, Jacob Visnic, Brendan Schrader and junior Wyatt Reiman return with experience.

Schrader and freshman Andrew Osman are expected to be the top pole vault entries, while Skapik, Jayden Carmichael, Kooper Chimley and Karl Tsoras will be in the mix in the long jump.

Joseph, Chimley and Mark Waggoner will be in the high jump, while Visnic leads the throwing group. William Robinson will be a factor in the discus.

Dylan and Nathan Booth will be in the hurdles, while Jordan will also see time in the intermediates.

The balance of the roster includes throwing options: seniors Cam Brown, Parker Gibson, Hunter Hughes and Ethan Olack; juniors Ryan Crall, Logan Crozier, Zach Heslep and Kris Tsoras; sophomore Blake Geraud as well as freshmen Hunter Carpenter and Ryan Nelson.

On the track, other options include juniors Landen Saigat and Ethan Stanley, sophomores Josh Harris, Elijah Brock, Caiden McCutcheon, Holden Saigat and Lee McKitrick as well as freshmen Karl Tsoras and Alex Olack.


JENNA COYNE is stressing to her Tiger girls team that each meet and practice is the “most important one,” especially after last season was taken away.

Leading the way for the Tiger girls are senior sprinters Kamdyn Elerick and Baylee Wach as well as distance runners Abbie Brown and Kylie Quinn as well as thrower Lily Denson.

The junior class includes sprinters Paige Gorby, Kayla Kryah, Gianna DeFelice, who will also pole vault; Grace Green, Bailey Roseberry, Crystal Rivero, Caroline Mercer, Maddie Barton and Ellie Merryman, who will also hurdle.

Sophomore sprinters are Kira Nardo and Kierstyn Elerick, both of whom will hurdle, as well as Heather Good. Kenzy Beckett will be one of the top distance runners.

Thrower Alex Dippel will also take part.

The freshmen class includes: Bella Roseberry (sprints), Alie Hawthorne (sprints, pole vault) and Jocelyn Moser (sprints); Kaelee Stewart (distance) and Addie Sims (distance).

“Overall, we have a large number of girls out and we’re looking to be a well-rounded team,” Coyne said.


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